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Well I been wanting to take the hummingbird plunge for quite awhile and after reading posts on Fullclip's "Stupid..." Thread I did just that. So I will be brand new to actually trying to feed those fantastic flyers and I will appreciate all the help I can get.

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Now for the equipment(Already purchased on Amazon).
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Well I looked a long time and decided on this one for around $27. It had a lot of great reviews and I sure liked the color. However, like my mom used to say, "The proof is in the pudding".

Since I wasn't really sure about hanging the feeder in the little tree, I bought a Sheppard's Hook View attachment 802158 it is 65" inches tops with 4 adjustable heights.

Finally, something I almost bought many times just to use on it's own, but now it will be an add on to the above. View attachment 802162

The one I got is the same color and size but no little holes on the circle and mine also has kind of ripples. Water or sand can be put into the stem for stabilizing.

What the heck, I'm retired and I just love hummingbirds, not just for their flying acrobatics but their being such gutsy little critters, their curiosity almost matches their appetites.

I should be receiving all of the above in the first week of August. Cya all later.
Up in the mountains outside Cali, Colombia there is a plentiful and colorful species of hummingbird about the size of an adult Cardinal. There are swarms of them. The climate is conducive to all manner and form of tropical flora. These birds can be rather territorial and scrapping among them is something to behold and appears to be a favorite pastime. As my brother, who resides there, said of the birds - "they're a$$holes and enjoy fighting".
 
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Well the new guy is back again today and doing the same thing, not perching and darting in an out grabbing quick sips. He doesn't care about me, I just snap away, each time he's there is almost 25 seconds more than enough time for several shots. I'm gonna call him Max.
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Well can't forget Daisy May, this shot taken a little earlier and edited as well.
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Well that's all folks, later. Temp 75 wind 1mph.
 

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I can't remember if you said - have you ID'd the species?

We only have Ruby Throats here, that male sure looks like one but the body is darker.

Great pictures. Of course you realize you need a zoom lens pretty soon. :p
 

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I can't remember if you said - have you ID'd the species?

We only have Ruby Throats here, that male sure looks like one but the body is darker.

Great pictures. Of course you realize you need a zoom lens pretty soon. :p
Well that's down the road, I need a new iPad(9 yrs), a new iMac(9 yrs) and phone(Old sprint flip-phone 15+ yrs, but I'm not a phone person, just for tech or business like talking to my bank). I'm getting close to biking to Sprint/T-Mobile to check things out. I will get an iPhone, but I'm looking at screen size and camera specs. It may be if I get the phone first I may find I won't need an iPad too. I also have to take money out of another pension plan which I haven't done since 2013. So it's really a complex situation when talking about cameras. Later.
 

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Well I have another feeder for back-up with two more very good ones on the way. This one is a 20 dollar special(total), and here is the first shot of the first taker.
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Well seems that Flash wants to be the BHOC as he does a splish-splash for the second time.
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Daisy May really shows off, one of her best shots.
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Mystery hummer, pic taken at dusk on Wednesday 21st Oct.
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Well that's it, have a great day.
 

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Well the weather is changing, it's getting cooler(high 60s) and cloudy. I did take advantage of the sun not being out so much by changing my location and getting much closer by going to the second level of patio. I f the sun was out my camera would be taking pictures of the sun... not good. I also thoroughly cleaned my kitchen window yesterday so I could check out taking pictures from inside. My first shot from inside was just supposed to be a test shot thru the kitchen window, I wasn't trying to take a picture of a hummer, just a test for glare and reflection. As I aimed the camera I realized a hummer was hovering between the two feeders so I quickly took a shot.
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Well it still looks like the hummers will stay, but it is my first year doing this so I really don't know but hey it's October 25th. Later.
 

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Well another update. Nov 8th2020. It's mostly cloudy today and some fairly stiff breezes, temp in the 50s. Hummers are still around and not much has changed except I have my two permanent feeders(Hopefully they will send up against the wind, they are doing well so far).
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Well that's it, sure looks to me like the hummers are in for the long haul, I just hope that the wind doesn't crash the party. Later.
 

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Well I just had to post these splash shots I just took today. It was a superb day, sunny and no wind. I set up the very best I could even going to the lower level of the patio. Today is the Marine Corps Birthday and Flash gave me these action shots to celebrate the USMC Birthday.
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Flash(above) showing his USMC red to finish the photo shoot. Later.

PS: In case you didn't know you can click on each photo to enlarge, click again to go back to normal. I didn't learn that until just recently.
 

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Well it's raining(not real hard...yet) windy(not nasty) and cool outside today November Friday the 13th. What a difference a day makes. Pics below from yesterday(Nov 12th) that were taken outside.
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These shots below were taken today from inside thru my kitchen window. Windy, rainy, and cool. Pics not great but just to show difference. Hummers have really been zipping around in their dogfights.

I know there are at least three of them because they zipped right by my kitchen window. Fall has finally arrived here and it sure looks like the hummers are in for the duration.
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Well that's it, see ya later.
 

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Hummingbirds in your yard aren't migrating south for the winter because Anna's Hummingbirds are year around residents in California and other southwestern states. Most if not all the bird photos you've posted are of Anna's Hummingbirds. There might be a few Black-chinned Hummingbirds in your posts but the photos don't show enough detail for me to ID them positively. At this date almost all Black-chinned have migrated to Mexico for the winter.

Keep up the good work taking care of the birds and posting photos of them.
 

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Hummingbirds in your yard aren't migrating south for the winter because Anna's Hummingbirds are year around residents in California and other southwestern states. Most if not all the bird photos you've posted are of Anna's Hummingbirds. There might be a few Black-chinned Hummingbirds in your posts but the photos don't show enough detail for me to ID them positively. At this date almost all Black-chinned have migrated to Mexico for the winter.

Keep up the good work taking care of the birds and posting photos of them.
Well a very big thank you sir for visiting this thread and adding a lot of very useful information to this thread. So don't be a stranger to this thread, do you have hummers in the summer where you live? Got any photos to add? Here's a couple I took a few days back.
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Thanks again. CG13.
 

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Well it's December 3rd and the hummingbirds are still here. Course the weather sure has cooperated, only 2 rain days otherwise sunny and mild with hardly a breeze. Day before Thanksgiving this shot
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Well that's the update here. I know they are staying but I just hope I can deal with the pacific storms that will eventually arrive, sure they'll be ok and I will be as well but the feeders and high winds, I don't know, they(Feeders) have been thru some strong winds but not the like the winds from a pacific storm, guess I'll just have to play it by ear, I might even have to take them down briefly. Later.
 

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Wow....wicked cool and thanks for the update. I always look forward to their return, but here it's usually mid-May when the maple trees bud....so got another 6 months to stock up on sugar.

Meanwhile the blue jays and chickadees are doing their best to put me in the poor house..
 

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Well Merry Christmas and the hummers are still here but the leaves on the tree are gone. Shots taken in December.
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The ones with the orange date stamp have ben taken with my new camera a Canon SX740 with 40x optical zoom and 20 megapixel, still a small camera just a little larger than my old one. My new one also can wi-fi/bluetooth the pics right ito my new iPad Pro 12.9" using a free Canon App.

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Last but not least, da smilah, plump and happy and yes real hummer dudes can wear pink
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MERRY CHRISTMAS
 

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Wow....wicked cool and thanks for the update. I always look forward to their return, but here it's usually mid-May when the maple trees bud....so got another 6 months to stock up on sugar.

Meanwhile the blue jays and chickadees are doing their best to put me in the poor house..
Well you still have a great place that you live at and lots of cool stuff to do, and I really think you like winter. I am thankful for getting the idea of putting up hummingbird feeders from you. I didn’t know what kind of hummingbirds they were nor how long they would stay. I am happy that they are still around drinking the “Kickapoo Joy Juice”(Lil Abner 1959). Again, thanks for that thread you had that steered me into this great pastime, especially with no sports watching for me. MERRY CHRISTMAS.
 

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Your photos are getting better Cyberghosttx13. Try focusing on getting them in natural settings away from feeders, fences and houses. Get them in the bushes, the trees and on the flowers.

Oh and do as I say, not as I do....



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Well it’s Thursday January 14th, it’s sunny, no wind and around 60 degrees. Here are some recent pictures taken with my new camera(Got in Nov.).

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The top 7 pictures are of “Money”(Formerly known as “Red”. Got the Money name beacuse of so many of his shots have been “Money Shots”). The last 3 pics are of Daisy May. All the shots taken the first 11 days of January. It’s only rained about 2 days since the year started and just a couple last October. Still waiting for Pacific Storms to arrive as they normally do. Don’t think these little hummers will be migrating and looking at their full feathered weather coats, well that just reinforces no migration. Happy(Belated) New Year.
 

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Well it’s Thursday January 14th, it’s sunny, no wind and around 60 degrees. Here are some recent pictures taken with my new camera(Got in Nov.).

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The top 7 pictures are of “Money”(Formerly known as “Red”. Got the Money name beacuse of so many of his shots have been “Money Shots”). The last 3 pics are of Daisy May. All the shots taken the first 11 days of January. It’s only rained about 2 days since the year started and just a couple last October. Still waiting for Pacific Storms to arrive as they normally do. Don’t think these little hummers will be migrating and looking at their full feathered weather coats, well that just reinforces no migration. Happy(Belated) New Year.

Daisy baby.... Alright ! EXCELLENT Photo's amigo! Very nice job man. I love ALL of them. The ones where they are perched on the branches are outstanding as well... Hombre, keep it up. ;)


Blessings.
Stay safe and well.



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Only another 4 months or so before the little sugar buzzards come back here. I gotta' see about getting that little water spout....I wonder if they'd like it.
Bad thing I'd have to go pee every 10 minutes if I could hear it splashing.....
 
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